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Overview

With its National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, under the theme, “The Will to Act, The Strength to Succeed”, the Québec government intends to progressively transform Québec, over a ten-year period, into one of the industrialized societies with the least poverty.

The main concern of the Québec government is to improve the living conditions of the poorest members of our society, to promote their self-sufficiency , and to build a better Québec in which every person has their rightful place, can live with dignity, can take an active part in society and contribute to its development to the extent of his or her abilities.

The National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion is part of the government’s ongoing efforts since 1994 to eliminate poverty as part of a broader approach aimed at the social development of Québec as a whole.

Summary of consultation process

With its National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, under the theme, “The Will to Act, The Strength to Succeed”, the Québec government intends to progressively transform Québec, over a ten-year period, into one of the industrialized societies with the least poverty.

The National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion is the result of broad-based consultation rallying all of the dynamic forces that want Québec to pursue its journey towards a more equitable society in which every citizen can live with dignity and participate fully in the social and economic development of the Québec of the future.

Since Fall 2001,

  • Québec government representatives have sat on a parliamentary committee that heard close to 135 individuals, groups and organizations express their opinions on the bill. Moreover, 166 briefs were tabled before this committee, and the public hearings were held over a period of 17 days, from October 1 to 19, 2002.
  • These government officials also have met with groups in the 17 regions of Québec to get their reaction to and validation of the orientation document Don't Leave Anyone Out! as a starting point for identifying their regional priorities for fighting poverty. Partners from over 1000 groups from every region were heard at these local and regional meetings.
  • Government representatives have also attended seven discussion forums grouping close to 50 Québec organizations.

An advisory committee comprising partners from all echelons of society was formed to support these validation initiatives. In addition, action-research enabled the most promising courses of action for crafting the Strategy to be documented.

Parliamentary committee

To ensure that the bill and the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion reflect the concerns of all Quebeckers, the Québec government held public hearings on Bill 112 in the context of a parliamentary committee. These hearings were held over a period of 17 days, from October 1 to 19, 2002.

Numerous groups and organizations from throughout Québec appeared before the Commission des affaires sociales to present their briefs.

This is an important phase in the Québec government’s implementation of the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion. Over the course of 2002, all regions have been encouraged to give their feedback on the orientations proposed by the government to combat poverty and social exclusion.

Bill

In an effort to ensure consistency and continuity and to build a strong foundation for the implementation of the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, the Québec government, in the wake of its numerous consultations, decided to enshrine the Strategy in an Act.

The Act to combat poverty and social exclusion was adopted unanimously on December 13, 2002, by the National Assembly. It will guide the government in planning and implementing the measures required to attain its objectives under the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion.

In addition to the Strategy, the bill provides for the establishment of

  • a fund to support initiatives to combat poverty;
  • an observatory on poverty and social exclusion;
  • an advisory committee on the prevention of poverty and social exclusion.

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